What Does the Term All-Inclusive Mean?
- All-inclusive means the food, drink, and usually standard resort activities are included in the price of your reservation
However that doesn’t mean everything is included. Most All-Inclusive Resorts have a “Club” or “Member Level” that is given access to more areas of the resort than your standard in or out of season guest. You can book on the club level in most cases for an additional fee.
Here is a quick guide to the differences in “Club” and “Resort” Levels.
- Private Pools
- Adult Only Access
- Exclusive Spa Options
- Private Butler or Concierge
- Private Beach
- Private Cabana
- Swim up or Walk Out Options
- Access to all Restaurants
- Extended Dining Menu
- Premium Spirits
- Public Pools Only
- Limited Menus
- Public Concierge
- Well Drinks
- Pay Only Spa Services
- Discounted Club Standard Amenities
Hidden Fees of All-Inclusive
- All resorts will have a resort fee. Finding out what that is beforehand can prevent embarrassment at check-in or check-out. Holds are Typically from $100 to $2000.
- Anything Not included on the limited menu will be an extra cost. Booking club level or higher allows more freedom of choice in menu.
- Excursions are extra.
- Gratuity is not included but just about mandatory. Some resorts will allow for you to prepay or pay one flat rate for gratuity.
- Spa Services, like massages, facials, or beauty services cost extra.
- Premium Drinks will be an upcharge, most club and member levels have premium included.
Top Names of All-Inclusive Resorts Include:
- Hard Rock
- El Cid